Field Notes

Project - Pig Self-Watering System

Project - Pig Self-Watering System

After two sets of pigs, boy have we learned a lot! In the spirit of the old David Letterman Top 10 Lists, here are the top 10 things we have learned about pigs:

  1. Pigs are friendly
  2. Pigs are mean
  3. Pigs will eat just about anything
Michael Smith
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Angus Beef - A Short History

Angus Beef - A Short History

Angus beef can trace their lineage to the mid 1800s from a Scottish breed of cattle, called the Aberdeen Angus. Angus were bred to be robust and sturdy so they could thrive in the cold Scottish winters. 
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Classic Steak Cuts

Classic Steak Cuts

Ever wondered why a New York steak is called such? Porterhouse? What is a T-bone?

Let's take a minute to break it down for ya. This post will feature classic "steak" cuts. I will do another post including the other parts of beef as you get it from the butcher down the line.

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Credit: Laird's

Jersey Cocktail

One of the great stories in all distillation history is when apples are fermented into cider and then distilled into whiskey (or bandy). Simple, delicious and intensely North American (if that matters). This favorite takes Applejack Whiskey, add our 
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The Negroni

The Negroni

The Negroni is said to have originated in Italy, sometime in the early 1900s and as all good things, invented out of necessity. A local Italian bartender decided he needed to "strengthen" his Americano cocktail (not the coffee drink).  He decided to
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The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan

The truth is, I didn't know of many cocktails with brandy as a base and since I had leftover from a batch of homemade eggnog, I decided to do a little research and discovered: The Metropolitan.
Michael Smith
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The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier

The challenge is actually pretty simple. I DEFINITELY prefer whiskey to all other spirits but there is something about the Negroni that I love. Perhaps its the bitterness. Perhaps its the intensity. Perhaps its simply the gin.
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The Martinez

The Martinez

This little known cocktail has been making Gin lovers happy since well over a 100 years. Thought to be introduced about 20 years after the Civil War in the beautiful state of California, the Martinez is a niche beverage that combines some of the 
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Our Bitters Project

Our Bitters Project

As there has been a whiskey renaissance, a bitters revival also has happened, especially in the past 15 or so years. Pre-prohibition, there were 100’s of different bitters brands, whittled down to two, and stayed that way until the 1950’s where Fee Bros introduced their now well-recognized (and delicious) citrus bitters. 
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Recipe - Classic Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Recipe - Classic Slow Cooker Pot Roast

That chuck roast or sirloin tip roast that is staring at you in your deep freezer from the beef share you just bought, this will help you.

Although my favorite method is the smoked chuck roast, sometimes we don't have the time to commit to managing a smoker or even the desire. This recipe is a classic you set before you leave for work and arrive home with a complete meal. 

Michael Smith
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Rendering Pork Back Fat - Silky White Porcine Luxury

Rendering Pork Back Fat - Silky White Porcine Luxury

There are a lot of things we have learned in our short time owning a little farm. Some are dramatic (cows trying to leap fences) while some are so subtle and so simple and yet provide tremendous joy.

One such item is lard

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Recipe - Smoked Chuck Roast Sandwiches

Recipe - Smoked Chuck Roast Sandwiches

I may be wrong but I don't think people buy chuck roasts as much as the old days. Maybe they do but I do know this, when you buy a share of beef, you will definitely get some chuck roasts as part of the cuts package. You can make a good pot roast that will stick to your ribs of course, or you can do it this way, which is my preferred method.  
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